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    31 Affordable Things From Walmart That’ll Basically Pay For Themselves Over Time

    The best kind of purchase is one that saves you money in the long run.

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    1. A 2-quart cold brew coffee maker that makes enough coffee to last all week! You'll finally be able to shake your habit of heading to overpriced coffee shops every day, and it'll be so nice to have coffee already waiting for you when you wake up.

    person using a cold brew coffee maker to create coffee at home

    Promising review: "This is great on its own, but is especially good for those who have limited refrigerator space. It is absolutely air tight so you can shake it vigorously to incorporate all the goodness that usually settles at the bottom. Filling the filter and adding it to the main container is also a breeze. It's easy, a great size and works well." –kim

    Price: $20.99 (originally $34.99, available in three colors)

    2. A Wonder Hanger organizer to maximize the storage space in your closet by creating more room to hang up your favorite clothes. Now you can stop looking for a more expensive apartment with bigger closets!

    a wonder hanger organizer with five shirts on

    Promising review: "I ordered two packs and this was enough to do my wardrobe, my fiance's, and my child's into one closet with some left over! I am TRULY Impressed! Will be buying again when I move!" –jamie

    Price: $14.99 for a pack of 10 (originally $24.98)

    3. A set of food storage containers because it's time you stopped wasting money on single-use plastic zip bags and invested in something durable that will last for years.

    food containers with red tops holding different kinds of food in them

    The set comes with 20 containers and 20 lids.

    Promising review: "I've had these for awhile and ordered more. These are very sturdy; I microwave them regularly and pack my lunch daily in the smaller ones. The big ones are perfect for storing leftovers and the small ones are good for sides and salad dressing." –shebuysitall82

    Price: $9.98

    4. A SheaMoisture hydration mask that will make your hair look as healthy and shiny as any professional treatment at a salon would.

    person getting product out of a tub of sheamoisture hydrating mask

    Promising review: "I think I found my hair masque. It's so PERFECTLY good! I have 2A 2B hair and my hair loved it. It's super duper thick and I love it. After using it and letting it air dry, my hair was so shiny and soft. And that's what I always wanted. My hair before this masque was so dry and not cute, but after using this my hair looked so healthy." –Tamiyesplease

    Price: $11.12

    5. A Roku Express streaming media player so you can finally cut the cable cord and easily access all of your favorite streaming platforms by just plugging this into your TV.

    roku express streaming media player

    Promising review: "This is easy to install; I did it all by myself! And it is so much better than having to rent all the boxes from the cable company. I am ordering another for my TV in my bedroom. It is better than the cable is like a having a smart TV!" –Debby

    Price: $29

    6. A pack of reusable silicone baking cups perfect for avid bakers who are constantly having to buy more paper baking cups that just end up in the trash anyway.


    Promising review: "I bought these cupcake liners to make mini quiches for breakfast. I have a grand daughter getting married and among other items, I bought some for her. They can be put on a steamer rack, covered with foil and used in a pressure cooker. I have a large toaster oven, I used them that way, too, and of course in an oven. They can be put on a baking tray or put in a regular muffin pan. Easy to clean, too." –shopperJBR

    Price: $8.45 for a pack of 12 (originally $19.99

    7. A Magic Bullet mini-blender that can whip up homemade smoothies, salsas, or sauces in a few seconds flat. You'll never need to buy that expensive store-bought stuff again.

    magic bullet mini in the forefront with guacamole in it and a person in the background sipping on a margarita

    Promising review: "It"s a compact device which serves every purpose of blending, chopping and uses less space for storage too! For a student like me, it's one of the best recommended purchases!" –Meghna

    Price: $22.96

    8. A garment rack with shelves — it's the perfect solution for anyone with a tiny closet. This way, you'll actually see all of your nicer clothes and wear them more often.

    gray garment rack with clothes and accessories organized on it

    Promising review: "I love this purchase! (I bought two) My son's room doesn't have ample closet space and these worked perfect. I bought little bins for additional storage on the shelves and everything fit. I now use the small closet for toys." –Dee

    Price: $43.97

    9. A teeny tiny spatula that gets every last drop of your beauty products. Listen: you paid a pretty penny for that foundation, and this handy gadget will help you get your money's worth.

    person using a pink spatula tool to get foundation out

    Promising review: "This is a gem! Helped me get out all of my expensive foundation easily. With this gem I was able to use all my product instead of wasting what I couldn't get inside of the bottle. With this spatula you're able to get all of the leftover product that you weren't able to get before. It gets it all!!" –Norma

    Price: $4.94

    10. A headlight restoration kit to make your lights shine like they're brand-new! This will save you a trip to the repair shop, and it will keep you safer because now you'll be able to see better when you drive at night.

    before and after shot of a headlight after using a restoration kit

    Promising review: "I am majorly impressed by this product! Easy directions, quick and easy to use. I had both headlights done in a half hour. I have to admit, I was skeptical, but it really made my headlights look like new!" –Samantha

    Price: $24.41

    11. A Revlon hot air brush that dries and styles your hair at the same time. People will literally think you got a professional blowout when they see how bouncy and shiny your hair is.


    Promising review: "I have curly and thick hair, and it usually takes me one to two hours to blow-dry and iron my hair. With this tool, it takes18 minutes and no need for a flat iron! In loveeeee!" –Raquel

    Price: $48.88 (originally $59.99, available in two colors)

    12. A proper office chair to keep your back protected and feeling good, even after a 12-hour WFH day. Nobody's got time for back pain these days!

    black rolling office chair in front of a writing desk

    Promising review: "This chair is exactly what I needed! I needed a low back armless chair so I could move around while crafting. The arms on my other chair kept hanging up on the table top. I love the mesh back as it is much cooler. My husband had no problems putting it together." –GreenTree

    Price: $48.47 (originally $54, available in four colors)

    13. A portable charger that's a lifesaver when you're out and about and your phone suddenly dies. We spend too much on our fancy smartphones for them to lose juice, and thanks to this small investment, you'll never have to worry about that again!

    a portable charger with multiple charge inputs

    Promising review: "This charger is amazing, takes awhile to fully charge, but once it's charged to 100% it stays charged for months! Recently when I lost power for a several hours, I was able to charge my cell to full in about 90 minutes, all while I was chatting on it... and it only took 15% of the charge, so it's still at 85% and holding! I'm so glad I got it!" –CherSt

    Price: $19.88 (originally $29.88)

    14. An electric wine opener so you can stop breaking corks with a flimsy corkscrew and sacrificing unsuspecting bottles of wine. You just want to get what you paid for, for goodness' sake!


    Promising review: "I bought this for my elderly father, since he had been having trouble opening wine, and he loves it! It really helps and he likes the wine stopper having a pour function. I would definitely recommend this product if you have trouble opening wine!" –Jessica

    Price: $21.13 (originally $28.95, available in two colors)

    15. A lightweight but powerful portable vacuum that you can use all over your house and car to pick up hard-to-reach dust and crumbs. Don't be fooled by its size — it's such a phenomenal vacuum, you won't need to buy another for years!

    person vacuuming in car office and home

    Promising review: "I really like this vacuum. It works very well so far, and it's easy to operate. I've vacuumed my entire SUV and around my hotel room constantly. I haven't had to charge it since the very first charge after I bought it and used it until it died. And that was two and a half days ago." –Jennifer

    Price: $24.99 (available in four colors)

    16. A package of weather stripping seal to keep your house protected from chilly drafts this winter. It'll keep heat in and your electric bill low.

    person applying a weatherstripping seal to the frame of a door

    Promising review: "If you're patient, and take your time putting this stripping up correctly, you will not believe the difference. Literally night and day. The drafty door was so bad we were going to invest in a good storm door, but then put this stripping up and the draft is completely gone! Even passes the candle test. We couldn't believe how brilliantly this stuff works." –ABH2

    Price: $4.45

    17. A knife sharpener so you can keep your knives as razor-sharp as the day you bought them — even after years of chopping.

    person using an electric eversharp knife sharpener

    Promising review: "This has been the easiest process to get super sharp knives. I can't imagine having a functional kitchen without it. Knives are razor sharp with just a few swipes." –CandiCrush

    Price: $29.97 (originally $39.90)

    18. A drain snake to get all those hair clogs out of your bathroom sink and bathtub drain yourself instead of having to call the plumber.

    two black drain snake devices

    Promising review: "Omgosh! I have had a slow tub drain for years. I have used every product I could find and spent so much money before. For a couple of bucks, Dr. Rooter fixed the slow drain in a few minutes! Absolutely shocked at how fast and easy this was to fix! 10000% recommend." –Elizabeth

    Price: $2.94 for two (originally $4.79)

    19. Or the brilliant TubShroom that catches hair before it goes down the drain. Clean this out after every shower, and you'll never even get to the point where you have to unclog the tub!

    person holding up a tubshroom with hair on it

    Promising review: "I have long thick hair and my shower drain was clogging all the time. I took out the existing drain and popped this in. Super easy. It totally catches so much hair and gunk (gross), but my drain hasn't clogged since. It does need cleaned frequently, but is better than dealing with trying to snake out the drain." –Abby

    Price: $13.48

    20. A garment steamer to easily get rid of wrinkles in your clothes. Think of all the money you'll save on dry-cleaning with the help of this lil' guy!

    person using a white steamfast steamer to dewrinkle clothes

    Promising review: "This compact garment steamer is the perfect life saver. It can easily fit in luggage to take on the go. It is very light even holding almost 12 ounces of water and has a no-slip grip handle area. It is easy to fill with a simple twist on and off top and a simple on and off switch located on the top. It is ready to go within minutes and the steam is continuous. It's easy to maneuver. The nozzle is wide enough to cover a good amount of area in a small time. I got the wrinkles out of a dress in less than eight minutes. You can steam out curtains for seasonal change or freshen up a dry clean-only suit super fast with out burning or ruining it. The cord is average length so make sure your garment is close enough to reach." –jojorenee

    Price: $14.88

    21. A Lodge cast-iron skillet that's so versatile, you might as well just keep it sitting on your stove top because you're going to use it every day to sauté, bake, broil, fry, grill – you name it, this magic skillet does it.

    steak cooking in a cast-iron skillet

    Promising review: "This is the first cast-iron pan I have owned but so far I am enjoying using it. Food doesn't stick and it is easy to clean. The pan itself is a high quality product and the price was very reasonable. I definitely recommend getting a cast-iron pan versus a nonstick product. I kept having to buy new ones as the bottom kept curving due to heat." –jan

    Price: $19.92 (originally $39.50)

    22. A sofa slipcover to give new life to an ugly hand-me-down couch without having to reupholster it. It's also machine-washable, so you can easily remove it and throw it in the washing machine if anyone spills.

    dark dray slipcover over a couch that's sitting in a wood-paneled room

    Promising review: "Best $30 I've spent in a while. Love the soft textured grid material. Couch is 84" long, and this cover fits perfectly Very stretchy, easy to put on. Stops my cats from sharpening their claws on my new couch. Yay! I got the darker gray, which matches the color of my couch." –OneForMoneyTwoForShow

    Price: $30.99+ (available in two sizes and 13 colors)

    23. A white noise machine that'll drown out the sounds of rowdy neighbors or loud construction so you can finally get a good night's sleep, which we all know is truly priceless.

    gray white noise machine sitting on top of a bedroom dresser

    Promising review: "This sound machine product does an exceptional job and it really blocks out noises. I have a nearby warehouse noise issue (forklifts that make annoying 'beeping' sounds sometimes throughout the night) that was waking me up at times. I bought this machine and it works incredibly! I am now able to sleep like a baby through the whole night and do not hear the beeping anymore." –epmnj

    Price: $33.90+ (originally $59.95; available in four colors)

    24. A bottle of Old English scratch cover to restore damaged floors and hides scratches and nicks in kitchen cabinets and furniture, prolonging their life so you won't have to replace them.


    Promising review: "I love Old English scratch cover for dark wood. It brought back the beauty of my cherry antique desk which had experienced many scratches from a move. Thanks for a wonderful product." –Blackeysue2

    Price: $4.82

    25. A Belgian waffle maker that creates crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside waffles. No more wasting your money on those gross freezer waffles; instead, just make as much batter as you need and you'll end up with a high-quality, delicious breakfast.

    oster waffle maker open and revealing a perfectly crisped waffle

    Promising review: "So happy with my waffle maker, really easy to use, easy to clean (didn't have a mess), easy to adjust temperature, easy all the way. I purchased because of the positive reviews I read about it and I couldn't be happier. You may have to try a couple of times to get the whole waffle but the more you try the more you know how much batter to add and what not. I definitely recommend and am really happy with my purchase. Plus: what do you have to lose; it's not that expensive at all." –Aracely

    Price: $17.88 (originally $24.99)

    26. A fan to keep your room cool when you don't feel like running your expensive air conditioner during the summer. Some of us don't even have the luxury of AC, so investing in a small but powerful fan is a necessary move you won't regret.

    a black fan sitting on the ground of a foyer

    Promising review: "Honestly I was NOT expecting this little fan for the price to come out as almost one of my best purchases, but it blew my expectations away! (pun intended.) The pricing is amazing and trust me the air quality on this mini fan is spectacular even on the one setting (I have a small room so putting it on the one setting I can feel it from the other side of my room on the floor or not). It's perfectly fitting to really be put anywhere whether that's on a dresser, bed-side table etc, you don't even need to put it together since it just comes as it is! Would 100% buy again in the future!" –Tatiana

    Price: $14.94+ (available in two sizes)

    27. A roll of white marble contact paper that will instantly upgrade boring, dull countertops. Instead of spending loads of money on a home improvement project, just measure out how much of this contact paper you need, stick it on, and voilà! Your kitchen has never looked better.

    white marble contact paper roll on a white marble countertop

    Promising review: "Great and inexpensive item for resurfacing and turning boring old objects into something beautiful. I redid my desk and it looks like a completely different desk." –Nunziata

    Price: $5.48

    28. A pack of mesh wash bags to place your delicates in before throwing them into the washing machine. It's a simple but effective way to make your fancy bras and underwear last longer.

    three mesh bags with underwear and shirts in them

    Promising review: "These wash bags are great because the fabric mesh is fine enough to prevent garment hooks, etc., from snagging and having to be untangled. The bags are very well made of quality materials. The three sizes accommodate a nice variety of needs, and they are an excellent buy!" –NBLD

    Price: $10.99

    29. Earwax removal drops that will safely clear your ear canal from caked-on gunk. You'll finally be able to hear better, which will make you ask yourself, "why didn't I buy these sooner?!"

    debrox earwax removal aid drops

    Promising review: "Great product! My daughter could not hear out of one of her ears, she used these drops for a couple and it cleaned out a wax build up blockage. Would recommend this product to anyone." –Pap

    Price: $5.98

    30. A pet stain remover to treat all of your dog's accidents on the carpet. This works just as well as a professional carpet cleaner at a tiny fraction of the cost.

    nature's miracle stain and odor remover

    Promising review: "This Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor remover is awesome. This really works!! For best results make sure you follow the direction on the bottle and let it sit for 15 minutes and just blot up. It has a clean smell but it is pretty strong. It does help with the urine smell also on hardwood floors. I fully recommend this product." –Greeneyes

    Price: $8.28

    31. A menstrual cup that you can wear for up to 12 hours. It's comfortable, you can reuse it for years, and you can save literally hundreds of dollars on tampons or pads.

    tampax menstrual cup and carrying case

    Promising review: "I will never go back to using pads or tampons. I just used it for seven days during my flow which is heavy and I had no accidents, no leaking, no odor and this thing is super comfortable. I was hesitant to try it but I'm so glad I did. you fold it and insert and thats it. change it when you feel a moist sensation and you'll be fine. Easily washed after each change. I'm saving money using this. Great product." –nanis

    Price: $22.49

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